JUNE 3, 2020
With each yacht’s construction comes a host of decisions that will define the finished vessel. One fundamental decision – and one that will both set the tone for the finished vessel and the build – is basic hull structure. Many factors come into play here, including cost, maintenance, weight, producibility, service life, and tooling. Our DLBA team aims to match the hull material to the owners’ needs and wishes. If they want a vessel that lasts forever, steel is a good choice, or if they want a fast yacht and would like to have a wide range of yacht yards able to bid on the build, then aluminum could be the best fit. Finally, if the client would like the lightest weight option which is a frequent request, then composites might be the way to go.
All materials behave differently, each yard possesses unique skills and the structural requirements of each vessel need to be assessed independently. We carry out this assessment every time for our special projects as outlined in “Structural Design of the 100 Knot Yacht”.
In case you would like to receive more information or discuss about this subject, please contact Jeffrey Bowles
By Dean M. Schleicher, P.E. and Christopher J. Swanhart, Donald L. Blount and Associates, Inc., USA
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